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hello. welcome to 9 news now at noon. i'm j.c. hayward. after a weekend full of rain there was nowhere left for the water to go. in fact our area is under a coastal flood warning until 11:00 this evening. howard has the latest
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information. >> the water level is staying up. a one-two punch from the easterly winds we had over the weekend. and now the crest coming down the potomac which will be happening later on today in to tonight. so the two of them keeping water levels up. go to the weather computer. we have been watching the storm spinning off shore of the delmarva. moving south. we have had rain this morning. some moderate and heavy at times. northern areas seeing a nice break. to the south we are seeing action, especially in charles county. on live doppler hd you can see it north of la plata and welcome all the way down 301 many to dahlgren in to king george county and northern neck. northern half of st. mary's county out of prince georges. back on the weather computer, i want to talk about the flood warnings. all of those counties in green up and down the potomac in flood warning stage. we were seeing areas where the water levels have been several
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feet above flood stage causing problems and we are watching that because the next high tide, this is the important part, alexandria 9:26. annapolis 6:10 and indian head 8:54. >> thank you. cleanup is underway in northwest washington. a tree fell on a house there. it happened 9:30 this morning. the house is located in the 2300 block of 49th street northwest. a luxury car in front of the house was also damaged. we're told that damage to the house is superficial and there are no reports of power outages there. the potomac river is on the rise. these are pictures from georgetown and they give you a good idea of how quickly the water was moving. the waterfront is also completely submerged. as you can see a lot of debris is in the river. now, in virginia, the water is
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finally starting to recede in alexandria. high tide took place at 9:00 this morning, but excellent preparations kept damages limited. our 9 news now kristin fisher has more from old town. >> reporter: high tide has come and gone here in old town, alexandria but all of this water from the potomac river isn't going anywhere anytime soon. police blocked off two blocks of king street by the water front of the. standing quarter several inches deep covers the street. 6,000 sandbags are stacked outside of stores near the waterfront. some businesses like the mai thai restaurant will need every sandbag they can get to keep the water at bay. and others are more bothered by the lack of business. >> the biggest problem for me is the barricade that won't let the people in. >> closed business? >> closed business here and up the street. >> reporter: city officials say this is as bad as it will get. >> we don't anticipate much more flooding beyond what we see right now.
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we're actually, you know, out getting clean up. behind us a hear a street sweeper. so we are cleaning as the waters recede. >> reporter: the bottom line is the worst is over but the coastal flood warning is in affect until 11:00 tonight. in alexandria, kristin fisher, 9 news now. >> the weather is causing problems across the northeast because hundreds of thousands of residents are without power in pennsylvania. 60-mile an hour winds and rains led to flooding and downed trees. at least seven people were killed because of torrential down storms associated with the storm. six other deaths happened in new jersey when trees fell on people or on cars. several
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school districts in part of new york have cancelled classes as crews continue to clear roads t. we have a commuter alert for montgomery county. we're looking at a live picture where the northbound lanes of i- 270 are blocked near father hurley boulevard. that's because of an accident involving a school bus and two cars. now, the driver of the bus and the driver of one of the cars, both of them were injured, but the injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. there were no youngster on the bus at the time of the accident. police are looking for the gunman who tried to hold up a giant grocery store in laurel, maryland. witnesses say that a man, armed with a gun, approached the store manager and demanded to be taken to the safe.
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instead, the store manager escaped by locking himself in a walk-in cooler. a s.w.a.t. team was able to get the manager out safely. unfortunately the suspect got away. police are hoping that you can help them to identify and find a female bank robber. the bandit struck on saturday in vienna, virginia, at the brand new hsbc bank on maple avenue. according to police, the robber presented a note demanding money from the teller. the suspect has been described as a woman between the ages of 25 and 30 years old. she's about 5'5" tall, weighs about 180-pounds. police say this may not be the first bank the suspect has hit in fairfax county. an elderly man is being treated for serious injuries he received in a hit and run accident near springfield. the 73-year-old man was
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standing beside a car yesterday on i-95 when a passing vehicle struck him and the driver did not stop. the victim was taken to inova fairfax hospital with serious injuries. virginia state police say the hit and run vehicle was a very large mercedes or a small suv. police are looking for clues stemming from a double shooting in southeast washington. two female victims were shot around 2:30 a.m. in the 4900 block of g street. they were both conscious when they were taken to the hospital. officers spent the morning canvassing the neighborhood looking for evidence and the suspects. and investigators have determined that firearms used by pentagon gunman john bedell came from the police and the court system in memphis. officials say the guns were once seized as evidence in
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criminal investigations. bedell was shot and killed on march 4th after opening fire on pentagon police officers at a security check point. two officers wounded in that shootout are recovering at home. prince georges county police are saying good-bye to one of their own this morning. officer first class thomas p. jensen died last week from injuries he suffer last month. he crashed in to a telephone pole while responding to the scene of an accident. the wife of snort majority leader reid is back at home. landra reid suffered a broken neck, broken back and broken nose after an accident involving a tractor-trailer on i-95 in fairfax county last week. the senator's daughter was also injured but she was treated and released from the hospital the night of the accident.
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after several weeks in haiti the crew of the u.s. naval ship comfort is back home. the doctors, nurses and staff aboard the floating hospital were deployed to the island nation after it was rocked by that powerful earthquake earlier this year. the crew dealt with a lot of injuries, associated with people being crushed by debris. after two months away the crew is happy to be home. >> at a certain point we were seeing even injury and stuff that weren't from the earthquake. >> reporter: crew members say it will take a while for them to actually readjust to being back home. although they are convinced that it was time for them to go, they say there is still a lot of work to be done in haiti. still ahead, on 9 news now at noon, two and a half men star charlie sheen and his day in court. we will have details just ahead. plus, we have a travel alert. we'll tell you why the state department is urging travelers
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or high blood pressure before taking advair. i'm glad you came, grandma. oh, me too. if copd is still making it hard to breathe, ask your doctor if including advair will help improve your lung function for better breathing. (announcer) get your first full prescription free and save on refills. the u.s. state department is urging americans to delay unnecessary travel to some parts of mexico. the warning follows a wave -- a wave of violence in recent days, including the brutal murder of three people connected to the american
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consulate in juarez. whit johnson has the latest. >> reporter: mexico is vowing to bring to justice the criminals responsible for this heinous scene. american consulate employee leslie enrecces and her husband both u.s. citizens were driving through the city of juarez on saturday when they were gunned down in broad daylight. the couple's baby, who was sitting in the backseat, survived the attack. the brutal murders took place minutes after the husband of another consulate worker was killed, his two children wounded. all three people had attended the same social gathering before the attacks. authorities suspect a drug cartel carried out the crimes, but offered no motive. drug violence has made juarez one of the deadliest cities in the world. last year alone 2500 people were murdered. president obama quickly condemned saturday's killings. the recent wave of violence also prompted the state department to authorize government employees to send
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their family members out of some parts of mexico. the deaths of the three people with ties to the american consulate occurred during an especially bloody weekend in mexico. roughly 50 people were killed in apparent gang violence. more than half died in the tourist hot spot of acapulco, four of them beheaded. since the mexican president declared war on the cartels in 2006, nearly 19,000 people have died in drug violence. many of those have been rival drug traffickers and police, but the fear now is as violence continues to escalate, so will the number of innocent victims. whit johnson, cbs news, washington. charlie sheen is due in court today on domestic violence charges. they stem from a christmas day dispute with his wife. the actor is accused of putting a knife to the throat of brook sheen as they vacationed in aspen.
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he denied the allegations and the couple now says they want to reconcile. the illinois man convicted of stalking espn reporter erin andrews and shooting nude videos of her will be sentenced today in los angeles. michael barrett pled guilty to interstate stalking and agreed to a 27-month prison sentence. prosecutors say the 48-year-old chicago area insurance executive secretly taped nude videos of andrews through a hotel room peephole. her attorney says she did not agree to the sentence outlined in the plea bargain and wants barrett to pay her about $335,000. actor peter graves has died in los angeles. he starred in the 1960s television show "mission impossible "and he hosted the show "biography" and he appeared in "airplane." graves collapsed after returning home from brunch with his wife and children.
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peter graves was 83 years old. still ahead, on 9 news now at noon, the wearing of the green. we'll check out this weekend's st. patrick's day parade in the district. howard has the forecast. looking much better by the actual st. patrick's day parade. the allergy update has come in and as you can imagine it is washed out thanks to the rain this weekend. we will talk about the rain and the coastal flood warning and a nice seven-day forecast when we return. [ woman ] with my diabetes...
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green is in this week. the chicago river was dyed green this weekend in honor of st. patrick's day. tens of thousands of people turned out for the occasion. the dye recipe is one of chicago's most closely guarded secrets. the river runs green every time this year for about five hours. and gray skies and drizzle did not stop people from celebrating st. patrick's day. hundreds lined constitution avenue to watch the district's
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annual parade. and dc congressional delegate eleanor holmes norton was on hand for the event. chevy chase bank founder serve as the grand marshall of the parade. everyone had a great time, despite the weather. >> it was a yucky weekend. >> it was. >> a rough day today so far. especially this morning. we have had moderate to heavy rain in spots. some of the showers that are gone through, a broad -- a cold raw way to start the week. >> things going to get be better. >> guarantee it. by the second half of the week people might be taking long lunch breaks. look at the headlines today. flood warning, coastal flood warning which is originally supposed to expire at 1:00, national weather service, the water is still too high. keep it going until 11:00 p.m. three to feet above normal. five feet in georgetown.
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lower parts of the tidal potomac and chesapeake, one to two feet above average. potomac crest coming today and tomorrow in to the rest of the week, drier days ahead. the high tide, the next ones are this evening and this afternoon. solomon 3:02. annapolis 6:10. on the river, alexandria tonight will have another high tide and indian head will have another one at 8:54 this evening. that would be potentially another time we will have to worry about. the next three days, today only 50, maybe 51. it will be breezy to windy even. tomorrow a lot better. an early sprinkle is possible. otherwise partly sunny midday. this afternoon, drizzle, showers. increasing winds 45 to -- 48 to 53. the winds 10 to 20 and gusting higher than that. isolated shower is possible tonight. upper 30s to low 40s.
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north winds 10 to 15. look at that sunset -- 7:15. sunrise is 7:18 and the problem right now is the kids are going to school and it is dark for the early kids. so please watch in the mornings. we have the moisture which has been rotating. see the storm spinning here? had a batch of showers coming through and to the north more rain across new england. go to live doppler hd. we want to show you what is happening. most of the rain is off to the southern part of the viewing area. however, some lighter showers in montgomery county, poolesville, loudoun county. few light sprinkles by the american legion bridge back to 395. prince georges county, southern half we have light showers. light stuff scattered about prince william county, stafford, faulkier. and as we go in to charles county, in to king george and
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southern maryland this is the more moderate rainfall moving to colonial beach. a cool, damp day with temperatures running only in the 40s to low 50s. fredericksburg is 52. we are 49 and the winds are gusting to 23 at national. so a little wind chill out there. it is feeling in the low 40s. we have better weather for you. here it is. we will have temperatures tomorrow mid to upper 50s. 60 for st. patrick's day. the luck of the irish is running for all of us. thursday, friday, saturday and sunday, sunny and low to mid- 60s. the next chance of rain is sunday afternoon. more 9 news now at noon in just a moment. if i had to sit on a bench during the middle of a game due to diabetes it would frustrate me. in a basketball game a couple minutes
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[ normal voice ] you're welcome. get a free quote at progressive.com. today in the momslikeme.com spotlight we have great kid- friendly events you don't want to miss. with me is the marketing manager with family magazine. what do you have for us today? >> there's an amazing performance taking place at the warner theater april 16th through the 18th called story book live and it brings your kids favorite nick load oncharacters to life on the stage. >> they are going to love to see that. the warner theater is a very fancy, old theater. why is it so important to get your kids out to a theater like this to see a piece of art. >> i, as a mother, love to expand the horizons so they know how to behave in a situation like that if they were ever invited. >> reporter: if you are going to take your children to the theater prepare them beforehand and you have tips what to tell
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your child to get them ready. >> eat before the performance. make sure you arrive on time. visit the restrooms before the show. laugh when it is funny, applaud when you think it is great and if you think it is a spectacular show at the end, do that standing ovation. >> very good. tell your children all of those things before you go. you have another neat event to tell us about. >> we have the used book sale. it is amazing you can buy a book for 50 cents or $2 which is a great thing to do because bringing books in the home lets them explore ideas really risk free. just turn the page and expand horizons. >> of course it is great to bring your kids to the local library but it is nice to have them in your home and be your books. >> support a good cause. >> exactly. a great cause. thank you so much we will put this on the family magazine group on momslikeme.com. so you can find the information right there. thank you for coming in.
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>> thank you, peggy. >> back after this. >> thank you, peggy. some activities for moms and the kids. all right another look at the forecast. >> flooding to go through this afternoon and this evening and then we get much better weather starting tomorrow. in the 60s by wednesday. come back and join us at 5:00. have a great day. bye-bye.
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